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Venice Biennale Main Exhibition: Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects. Slowness Dignified.

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Slowness dignified: The work of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects. As the only Finnish participant, Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects were invited to take part in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Architects Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman are known for their work in humanitarian architecture in, for instance, Senegal, Tanzania and India, and have received extensive international recognition for their work. …

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Time Space Existence: In Search of Permanent Architecture

Venice Biennale Time Space Existence 2016

As part of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Rossini presents over 100 architects from all of the 6 continents. Four Finnish offices are participating in the exhibition. Helin & Co Architects, Kouvo & Partanen Architects and Michael Donalds are displayed in the Palazzo Bembo and …

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New Books: IN practice & Forty and Famous

Venice 2016

During the Biennale Opening days, two books featuring Finnish architect offices were launched. The “IN practice” research project and high-profile international network selected JKMM Architects from Finland to be included in their new book of best European architecture firms operating outside of the so-called “starchitect” elite. The book, which represents the state of committed architecture in Europe, was published at Palazzo …

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Curator Alejandro Aravena: Battle for the Higher Quality of the Built Environment

Venice Biennale 2016

Curator Alejandro Aravena and the president of the Biennale Paolo Barotto discussed the themes of this year’s Biennale in a press conference on Thursday 27th of May. According to Aravena, he wants the exhibition to serve something for three kinds of visitors. Aravena wants to inspire other architects of creative solutions despite scarce resources, for decision makers he wants to show …

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History in the Making: Baltic Pavilion in Venice Biennale

Venice 2016 Baltic Pavilion

Encounters in Venice: Opening of the Baltic Pavilion on Friday 28th of May. For the first time in 80 years Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are presented via a shared exhibition, put together by an ambitious group of curators from all of the three countries: Kārlis Bērziņš, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Niklāvs Paegle, Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, Laila Zariņa, and …

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Venice Biennale: Opening of the Nordic Pavilion

Venice 2016 Nordic

Encounters in Venice: multiple of the Finnish architects included in the Nordic Pavilion’s exhibition were present for the opening on Thursday 26th of May. Finland has a strong presence in the In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face -exhibition with four projects presented in depth and 46 other projects included in the In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face –exhibition. This years …

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Venice Biennale: Opening of the Finnish Pavilion

Venice Biennale Finnish Pavilion 2016

Encounters in Venice: Exhibition Opening of the Finnish Pavilion on Thursday 26th of May. Commissioner Juulia Kauste, curator Marco Steinberg, Tuula Pöyhiä from the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Ambassador of Finland in Italy, Mr. Janne Taalas gave opening speeches to the vast crowd gathered in the yard in front of the Finnish Pavilion. Among the guests were tens of familiar …

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Teams behind the ideas of the From Border To Home exhibition

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The team members of five of the seven teams behind the From Border to Home proposals presented themselves at the Finnish pavilion on Wednesday 26 May, 2016.  The two further teams –Helsinki Kasbah Combine with Harri Ahokas, Tomi Laine, Akseli Leinonen, Nikolai Rautio, Matias Saresvuo, assisted by Pia Rautiainen and Pekka Huima, as well as Society Lab with Cecilia Danieli, …

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